This is a FAVOURITE in our house. The kids literally request it once a week, and luckily it is one of the few recipes I actually feel confident cooking. It’s approved for the 21 Day Fix and Portion Fix container programs, and it comes from the FIXATE cookbook. It’s a winner!

 

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 17 mins
Total Time: 37 mins
Servings: 8 Servings (approx. 1½ cups each)
Source: Beachbody on Demand

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. dry whole wheat elbow macaroni (or other pasta)
  • 4 tsp. organic grass-fed butter (or organic coconut oil, although I find this leaves an aftertaste)
  • 2 Tbsp. unbleached whole wheat flour
  •  cups unsweetened almond or cashew milk (in a pinch you can also use cow milk, but it will up your fat and calorie counts)
  •  cups freshly grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups cooked chopped chicken breast, boneless skinless
  • 6 cups chopped broccoli florets, steamed
  • 1 tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. (Do not use salt or oil if suggested in directions.) Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add flour; cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute, or until brown (don’t let it burn).
  4. Slowly whisk in almond milk; cook, whisking constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until mixture thickens and there are no lumps.
  5. Reduce heat to low. Add cheese; cook, whisking constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until melted.
  6. Add macaroni, chicken, broccoli, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, or until heated through.
  7. Serve immediately.

Tips and Variations:

  • Use quinoa pasta and gluten-free flour if you’re following a gluten-free lifestyle.
  • Asparagus, green beans or Brussels sprouts can be substituted for broccoli.
  • A combination of cheeses like cheddar and Gouda, cheddar and Monterey Jack, and cheddar and Asiago can be substituted for sharp cheddar.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 250
Total Fat: 10 g
Saturated Fat: 5 g
Cholesterol: 68 mg
Sodium: 491 mg
Carbohydrates: 15 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 0 g
Protein: 26 g

Portion Fix Containers
1 Green
1 Yellow
½ Red
½ Blue